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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-11-0161
Project Name:   Development of Nonproprietary Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC)
Project Status:   Completed
Start Date:  August 15, 2011
End Date:  October 31, 2013
Contact Information
Last Name:  Graybeal
First Name:  Benjamin A (Ben)
Telephone:  202-493-3122
E-mail:  benjamin.graybeal@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Team:   Bridge and Foundation Engineering Team [HRDI-40]
Program:   Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment
Laboratory:   Structures Laboratory
Project detail
Roadmap/Focus area(s):   Infrastructure Research and Technology Strategic Plan and Roadmap
Project Description:   This project will develop nonproprietary Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) mix designs relevant to the highway sector of the United States.
The objective of this project is to develop nonproprietary Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC)-class materials, which could be locally produced in various regions of the United States. The intent is to use locally or regionally available constituent materials, thus reducing the overall cost of the concrete. Additionally, this project is to identify, and include within the test program, at least three commercialized steel fiber reinforcements. Given the cost of some common constituents in UHPC-class materials, the researchers are advised to consider the costs and benefits of each constituent carefully in order to ensure that the final products are both structurally capable and cost effective. The final recommendations from this project must include sufficient information to allow local concrete suppliers to develop nonproprietary mix designs that exhibit UHPC-class material performance.
Product Type:   Research report
Test Methodology:   Laboratory study investigating optimal mix constituents for the local production of Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC).
Expected Benefits:   This research will facilitate the use of Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) within highway infrastructure in the United States. By advancing the general state of knowledge regarding the practicality of designing and implementing UHPC on the local scale, this project will facilitate broader use of this technology.
Deliverables:   Report covering research results.
FHWA Topics:   Roads and Bridges--Construction and Project Management
TRT Terms:   Concrete Structures
FHWA Disciplines:   Construction and Project Management
Subject Areas:   Bridges and other structures


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